Freitag, 31. Oktober 2014

Skinshape LP

The long anticipated new Skinshape LP is currently reverberating from all kinds of online digging platforms. Time to catch up here on Mos Eisley Music and introduce you to the stunning works of the beatmaker from London.

On a total of seven tracks Will Dorey aka Skinshape takes you on a trip through various samples, beats and soul vocals. When people think of beatmakers they usually associate them directly to rap music. On this record you can hear a certain preference for guitar samples in almost all of the tracks. And the way in which they are embedded sounds more like psychedelic rock 2.0 than like aggressive Hip Hop bangers. In addition to that you will also find a very smooth character in Doreys music that is emphasized by the vocal appearances of Aaron Paul and Anina.

The Skinshape LP was released  a few weeks ago on Melting Records. Get the full stream and download on Bandcamp.

Donnerstag, 30. Oktober 2014

Macsen Apollo & Ravennest - The Apollo Project

The dutch producer collective Ravennest teamed up with rapper Macsen Apollo from Oakland to release five fresh new rap tracks.

Smooth production and solid rhyming is the recipe for this great project. The appearance of a number of fellow MC's like Jay Colin, M.D., Mizztamizzo, Ell-I-Dee and singer Anne Brattinga make this record a well rounded collection of direct and intense Hip Hop tracks.

Get the stream and free download on Bandcamp.

Mittwoch, 29. Oktober 2014

Træben - Looking At The Storm

With their last album "Push" the dutch jazz combo Traeben already showcased an excellent way to work beautiful and challenging melodies into an interesting contemporary jazz sound. The brand new album "Looking At The Storm" is another example for this exciting and fresh sounding approach.

What strikes you first as a jazz band could also be mistaken for a rock group. Traeben's sound is built around bandleader Jens Larsen's guitar and completed by Søren Ballegaard on Saxophone, Olaf Meijer on Bass and Haye Jellema on Drums. Tracks like the uptempo opener "Do You Think They're Any Good?" almost sound like the instrumental version of what originally could have been a vocal song. The melody lines and songwriting create this kind of song-like modern jazz flavour which is pushed even more to the front on "Looking At The Storm". You will still hear a lot of solos on this album but you will find them embedded perfectly in the structure of the song and its melodies. Exploring a number of different moods, rhythms and speeds this CD certainly proves a highly entertaining character that no modern jazz fan should miss.

Unfortunately there's not a lot of audio available of this one so you might have to stick with the short preview on soundcloud or you will have to buy the CD somewhere around here.

Montag, 20. Oktober 2014

The Jazz Jousters - Location: Japan

Millennium Jazz' never sleeping and ever creative producer collective The Jazz Jousters are back with new tracks and the new locations concept. Discovering the sounds and moods from different parts of the planet the international DJ team sets its current focus on Japan.

If you're already familiar with The Jazz Jousters you always know what you're getting and this time its not different. Gritty beats and dusty moods construct a solid the fundament that is filled with the use of exquisite samples and harmonies. SmokedBeat, Gadget, Mr. Moods, Diligent Fingers, Pawcut and many more proof yet again that they are able to deliver time and time again - breathing new life in dusty jazz records from Japan.

Get the stream or digital download on Bandcamp.

Sonntag, 19. Oktober 2014

Wah Wah 45s: We Wah Fifteen

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Wah Wah 45, the label that brought us artists artists such as The Gene Dudley Group or Henry Pierre Noel. To celebrate this date, a sampler including various artists of the label's catalogue will be released soon.

Over the years Wah Wah 45s has become the home of many talented funk & soul artists. This sampler captures this development by including older tunes by Gizelle Smith & The Mighty Mocambos, Speeka or Unforscene featuring Alice Russel on vocals. A wide spectrum of soul songs is displayed through the tracks featuring electronic and more traditional approaches. And lets not forget the impressive brass ensembles in the Hackney Colliery Band and the aforementioned Gene Dudley Group. "We Wah 15" gives you a nice impression of a music label's development and a taste of some fine contemporary soul artists.

Digital release will be on October 13 on Wah Wah 45s.